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222 Market taps into artisanal food movement in downtown Olympia

Tucked in behind the bustling lunchtime crowds at The Bread Peddler and Creperie in downtown Olympia, developers Gray Graham and wife, Joy Graham, survey what will be the open food court at their 222 Market building on Capitol Way North on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
Tucked in behind the bustling lunchtime crowds at The Bread Peddler and Creperie in downtown Olympia, developers Gray Graham and wife, Joy Graham, survey what will be the open food court at their 222 Market building on Capitol Way North on Thursday, July 7, 2016. toverman@theolympian.com

An artisanal food hub will officially open in late summer in downtown Olympia with a focus on all things local.

The 222 Market is under construction at 222 Capitol Way N. in the same building as The Bread Peddler.

Upon completion in early September, this European-style public space will house nine tenants who specialize in everything from scratch-made baked goods and alcohol to locally grown flowers and shellfish.

The project is being spearheaded by building owners Gray and Joy Graham along with Olympia chef Lela Cross, who acts as a mentor of sorts for future tenants.

Gray Graham said 222 Market will tap into the sustainable food movement while supporting some first-time business owners. He envisions the market as an amenity and gathering area for downtown residents from the nearby Boardwalk Apartments and 123 Fourth Apartments.

Graham also called The Bread Peddler — which draws as many as 400 customers a day — a “pioneer” that has created momentum and an audience for the 222 Market.

“It fits in well with the city’s strategic plan,” he said of the project.

Cross, who has been a chef in downtown Olympia for nearly 20 years, said the 222 Market captures part of the city’s personality.

“Olympia is good at rallying around local businesses,” said Cross, who owns Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen. “We also want to promote interaction between our vendors.”

Tenants of 222 Market include:

▪ The Bread Peddler, a downtown Olympia bakery that occupies the building’s south side. The Bread Peddler opened in 2006 and has become a popular breakfast and lunch spot. Owners of 222 Market say the bakery is a good anchor tenant.

▪ The Creperie, which opened last week, is owned by Bread Peddler founder Andre Le Rest and serves classic gourmet French crepes with a variety of fillings or toppings.

▪ Peddler Bistro is an upscale version of The Bread Peddler that is open Wednesday evenings as well as for brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bistro will open full time for dinner when the rest of 222 Market opens in early September.

▪ Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar will serve locally gathered seafood by an Olympia area shellfish farm.

▪ Broth Bar by Salt, Fire and Time will become Olympia’s first bone broth cafe. Broth Bar’s first location opened last year in Portland.

▪ Blind Pig Spirits is a craft distillery and tasting room that specializes in vodka, whiskey and moonshine. Blind Pig opened at the 222 Market location in June 2015.

▪ Sofie’s Scoops is an Olympia-based company that focuses on scratch-made gelato, an Italian-style ice cream.

▪ Fleurae will be a boutique flower shop that specializes in bouquets and custom arrangements with locally grown flowers, but also sells hand-crafted jewelry from local artists.

▪ Pantry Market and Cooking School will offer local farm products, locally produced meats and other hand-crafted foods in addition to culinary classes.

Blind Pig co-owner Lesa Givens said Gray Graham’s passion persuaded her to join the project. Formerly based in Centralia, the craft distillery’s owners eagerly await the “light at the end of the tunnel” when 222 Market is fully operational.

“This is just a really big step in the right direction for downtown Olympia,” Givens said. “It will draw people from out of the area if it’s marketed right.”

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869, @andyhobbs

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